PAINTSVILLE, Ky. - Drug Court officials say they want all of their participants to be free of addiction and now the participants are helping those that provide freedom for all of us.
Officials say the collection drive plays an important role in their participants road to recovery because it forces them to think about someone other than themselves.
Judges say two of the main problems participants deal with...self esteem and constantly needing a drug fix.
District Judge Eric Hall says, "Their focus is entirely on themselves, their focus shifts from things they should be focused on, things like their family and friends to getting drugs."
Drug Court regional supervisor, Sue Yates says, "They know that when they were in the throws of their addiction that they were kind of a drain on our communities."
Officials say that is why this statewide effort to collect items for troops in Afghanistan is key to their recovery. District Judge Susan Johnson explains, "It is amazing what community service can do, whether it is this or they've worked with animal shelters or other places before...whatever it is, it helps them understand they are important."
While the drug court system provides treatment and helps them recover, officials that is not their only purpose. Yates explains, "We want to prepare them and teach them how to return to the community and give back to that community."
Officials say they hope the community will not only support the troops overseas but also those on the road to recovery by participating in the drive.
You can find drop off boxes at participating Walmart and Food City locations throughout the region. There are other local business participating for more information on those locations or if you would like a box at your business, contact Sue Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org
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